Cheltenham SD Weekly News Share
Friday, December 19th
WINTER BREAK REMINDERS!
Tuesday, December 23, 2014 HOLIDAY DISMISSAL TIMES:
K to 4 dismissed at 1 pm
5/6 and 7/8 dismissed at noon
9 to 12 dismissed at 1:52 pm
STUDENTS RETURN FROM WINTER BREAK ON MONDAY, JANUARY 5TH
WINTER BREAK ADMINISTRATION OFFICE HOURS OF OPERATION
DECEMBER 29TH: 8AM - 3 PM
DECEMBER 30TH: 8 AM - 2 PM
Holiday Message from Superintendent of Schools
Every time we celebrate a holiday, we have a chance to take stock of all the wonderful gifts in our lives. As I visit schools, participate in community activities, and listen to the committed voices of community members, I can’t help but be inspired by all of the gifts in our district. This season students packaged hundreds of socks for the needy. Music concerts delight families and friends. Staff members collected toys and gently used clothing for neighbors in need. Volunteers manned a basketball tournament to raise funds for cancer prevention. Food service staff members prepared special meals throughout the district. Our facilities team kept our spaces clean and ensured warm and safe environments for all of us. I could go on and on. This is a beautiful time of year to hold our community close and revel in the snow, the lights, and the pleasures of being with one another.
My holiday wish for you is the enjoyment of simple activities: home baked cookies, favorite movies, and time with those we love. Thank you for your commitment to our schools and to our community’s children.
Dr. Natalie Thomas
CHELTENHAM IN THE NEWS
Cheltenham School District earned wonderful ratings in the recently released 2015 NICHE Ranking of Pennsylvania Schools. Coming in at number 57 of the 500 PA school districts, Cheltenham scored an A- for academics, A for educational outcomes, A for extracurriculars, A+ for student culture & diversity and A+ for teachers. Click on link below to access full NICHE ranking list.
CHS Grad Vaughn Tinsley Looking to Do Big Things with Founding Fatherz Mentoring Program
SDCT STORY OF THE WEEK
Fourteen Cheltenham High School students are getting a taste for grocery store career options through a job skill program that started this year. Initiated by Cheltenham High School Transitional Coordinator, Gus Ekhardt, the Creekside Co-Op Work Experience program is designed to build real world skills while enhancing diverse social opportunities. The five-day a week, transitional, skill-building opportunity is part of the District’s special education program. Overseen by a professional from the Montgomery County Intermediate Unit, students interact with customers, learn specific elements of the grocery store environment and develop job acquisition skills. Whether stocking produce, bagging items at the checkout counter or prepping prepared food items in the kitchen, the Cheltenham High School Work Experience students have become valued and much-loved members of the Creekside Co-Op family.
not to miss seasonal pics
Home and School Visitor Kathy Wasserman collects and donates gifts for those in need
SDCT Staff members, Lisa Rothenberger and Beth Cavalier show their holiday spirit
Wyncote kindergarten students enjoy holiday elements, dreidels and cookie decorating, in their lessons
FOR YOUR INFORMATION
Elkins Park School Animal Supply Collection, DONATE NOW
Cheltenham African American Alliance: SOAR Saturday Program; Next SOAR, January 24th!
CAAA Board member, Glenside teacher and Challenge consultant, Angela Melvin-Schell will facilitate workshops for STEM, and “Games of skill and challenge.”
Wyncote Elementary teacher, Amy Flynn, will lead an “Hour of Coding”. Stay current on SOAR Saturday information and other CAAA activities at www.cheltenhamalliance.com.
Township Holiday Season Parking Perk
Motorists can enjoy free parking on Saturdays this holiday season when shopping at Cheltenham Township businesses. To support local businesses, the Cheltenham Township Board of Commissioners has waived parking meter fees on Saturdays, December 6, 13, 20 and 27 in all commercial districts in the Township.
Cheltenham High School Parent's Day Away Fundraiser
Take advantage of the Cheltenham High School Parent's Day Away Fundraiser!
Date: December 20th from 1-5pm
Location: CHS Gymnasium-back entrance due to construction
Cost: $20 per child.
Activities: athletic activities, games, music, and crafts: fun for ages K-4 grade.
Parents can register their children online (by December 17th) http://www.signupgenius.com/go/9040a45a9ad29aa8-parents and pay at the door.
For questions contact Tabatha Gilbert at 610-804-5201 or firstname.lastname@example.org